About this course
Improve your knowledge and skills to become an expert practitioner on our MSc Nursing Studies degree. During this part-time master’s top-up award you'll gain the skills to appraise and challenge current practice. You’ll develop and lead evidence-based provision services that meets the needs of a modern health and social care service.
If you completed your PG Diploma with us, this master’s course gives you a chance to top up to a master's degree by studying one of the following:
- MSc Nursing Studies - you can study this if you’ve completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (pre-registration) adult, child or mental health pathways.
- MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Studies - you can study this if you’ve completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Practice: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)
The course is entirely dissertation-based so you’ll get to focus on a single piece of work.
You’ll graduate with improved career options and will get the chance to move into leadership roles or continue your studies at PhD level.
Your course lead is Ms Lyn Wilson, a lecturer in a range of topics related to promoting health including:
- health behaviour change
- motivational interviewing
- social capital
- health promotion theory
- practice and self-management
Lyn has worked in secondary education and in the NHS as a senior health promotion specialist. She’s also a registered Public Health Practitioner. Find out more on Ms Wilson’s staff profile page.
If you have a question about the course you can contact Lyn directly: email@example.com
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need to:
- have passed your PG Diploma at the University of Southampton
- register for this master’s within 3 years of completing your PG Diploma in Nursing, or within 4 year of completing your Public Health Practice: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This course is made up of a single dissertation module and will run for up to 18 months, starting in October. It will involve planning and writing an independent, original project which is relevant to your current or future area of practice.
You can choose one of the following dissertation formats.
- A literature review – you'll search for and critically review a wide range of evidence relevant to your topic or clinical issue. You’ll need to explain the implications for current or future practice.
- A service improvement project (including audit) - you’ll plan and undertake a service service improvement project in your area of practice.
- Empirical project – you'll carry out a piece of original research on a small scale. You'll need to get ethical approval and make time to collect and analyse data.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This course is made up of a single dissertation module and will run for up to 18 months.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following module in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- self-directed learning
- introductory day
- group supervision
- individual supervision
We’ll assess you on your research proposal and your dissertation.
You will be supported by the programme lead, the dissertation module lead and an academic supervisor.
This MSc in Nursing Studies will improve your employability and give you the skills for a range of specialist roles.
When you graduate, you could become a:
- nursing team manager
- researcher on a doctoral programme
- lecturer or teacher
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
- UK/EU students pay £2,343.
- This course is not available to International students.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply for Nursing CPD (Continuing Professional Development) with the application form.
You'll need to state clearly that you’re applying for an MSc top up course. You must also state that you’re interested in either the MSc Nursing Studies (8334), or the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Studies (8327).
You must get your application to us by the end of the day on 20 August 2020. You must supply all supporting documentation at least 2 weeks before starting your course.
We cannot guarantee you'll be able to start your course if you do not meet these deadlines.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
Once you've made a successful application, you'll be invited to an induction day. As a previous student with us you don't need to attend an interview.
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000